LIFE AT BANDHAVGARH JUNGLE LODGE

The fragrance of lemongrass pierces the air in Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge while tall bamboo branches and fruit trees extend a warm welcome to guests arriving in this charming, 18-room lodge built by the Sankhalas, a celebrated family of conservationists. The lodge is eco-conscious and for that reason, it’s a favourite among travellers who advocate forest conservation.

Just off the busy Tala main road, Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge allows a wonderful experience of slowing down. The staff, locals who are encouraged to work, are trained as per best global practices.

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The Ultimate Safari:

In comfortable safari vehicles, along with snacks-and-beverage-on-the-go, which you have underneath the shade of the beautiful sal trees, the day safaris expose you to the wonders of the jungle. Spotting the Royal Bengal Tiger with its regal strides and gracious demeanour in the wild is an experience parallel to none.

Culinary classes

The culinary classes organised by Sadhvi and her team for guests is a unique way to get an insight into the region and its indigenous cuisine. The emphasis is on promoting local flavours while also promoting environmentally conscious cooking using solar methods in food preparations.

Bush breakfasts and candle-lit dinners

While meals in daily lives are hastily consumed, in Bandhavgarh you enjoy each bite that you consume. Breakfast underneath the saltrees, with birds chirping in perfect harmony, is a memory that you will cherish. The team also organises romantic dinners on a candlelit path in the lodge’s area in the open, underneath the star-lit skies.

Star Gazing

It is a treat to gaze at the stars with the high-end telescope at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. After a short introduction of stars and constellations, guests are given the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of astronomy.

Village walks

Given Sankhala family’s commitment towards the local tribes, village walks is an enriching experience. The thatched roofs, mud and cow dung plastered walls, and the folk motifs point to the simple architecture of these homes. Enjoy a local meal to experience of the warmth of the people.

Bird watching

Bandhavgarh is home to an incredible variety of avifauna and the blue skies of the region reverberate with an amazing variety – over 200 – of birds and over 80 varieties of butterflies. The professionals at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge ensure that birding enthusiasts spot most birds on the checklist, including rare migratory birds, depending on the season.

Campfire, barbeque sessions, and conversations

Want to find out about Sankhalas, India’s first family of tiger conservationists? Need information on Bandhavgarh, its people, the flora and fauna you spotted during your safari? Unwind with Sadhvi’s family members talking passionately about the jungle while the team whips a delicious barbeque for you.

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Photography

Having spent years studying the habitat, the team at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge makes it easier for guests to click memorable images. Given that many of the globally renowned photographers and filmmakers prefer to stay in this property for its thorough understanding and mapping of the jungle, the photo tours are undoubtedly the best here.

Cultural activities

With the aim to sensitise people towards local artisans, plans are afoot to have live art and craft demonstrations by local artists along with performers to regale audiences with the intoxicating rhythm of the region’s tribal songs and dances that evoke their heritage.